Horror Films That Hit #1 at the Box Office: 1982 - 2000 Edition


Horror Films That Hit #1 at the Box Office: 1982 - 2000 Edition

This list is a round-up of all the horror and scary science fiction films that made it to #1 at the box office. I know many of you might have grown up in this period like myself and wonder how cult favorites like Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees did at the box office, who won? Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise had a total of six #1 weeks between this timeframe with Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise only having three weeks total. Movies that topped the box office consistently for 3 - 5 weeks include Aliens, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Pet Sematary, Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and The Sixth Sense.


  • Oct 29 - Nov 4
  • Sept 10 - 16

    • Stigmata (1999)

      AKA(s): Toby's Story
      Synopsis: When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.
      Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Rade Serbedzija, Jonathan Pryce, LeJon, Enrico Colantoni, Shaun Toub, Patrick Muldoon, Portia de Rossi, Jack Donner, Patricia Arquette
      Directors: Rupert Wainwright
      Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Aug 6 - 12 & Aug 13 - 19 & Aug 20 - 26 & Aug 27 - Sept 2 & Sept 3 - 9

  • July 23 - 29

    • The Haunting (1999)

      AKA(s): La maldiciĆ³n, The Haunting of Hill House, The Legend of Hill House
      Synopsis: When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.
      Cast: Virginia Madsen, Liam Neeson, Bruce Dern, Debi Derryberry, Alix Koromzay, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson, Michael Cavanaugh, Courtland Mead, Sherry Lynn
      Directors: Jan de Bont
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery







  • Oct 29 - Nov 4 & Nov 5 - 11



  • Nov 15 - 21
    • Cape Fear (1991)

      Synopsis: A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
      Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Illeana Douglas, Billy D. Lucas, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Linda Perri, Fred Dalton Thompson, Will Knickerbocker, Gregory Peck
      Directors: Martin Scorsese
      Genres: Thriller, Crime
  • Nov 1 - 7

    • The People Under the Stairs (1991)

      Synopsis: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.
      Cast: Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, John Mahon, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, Josh Coxx, Danny Kopel, Teresa Velarde, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs
      Directors: Wes Craven
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
  • Sept 13 - 19 & Sept 20 - 26

    • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

      AKA(s): A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Dream Lover, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 666: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: The Final Nightmare
      Synopsis: Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of Springwood's last surviving teenager and a woman with a deep connection to him.
      Cast: Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Robert Shaye, Yaphet Kotto, Breckin Meyer, Peter Spellos, Alice Cooper, Tom Arnold, Virginia Peters, Marilyn Rockafellow
      Directors: Rachel Talalay
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Feb 15 - 21 & Feb 22 - 28 & March 1 - 7 & March 8 - 14 & March 15 - 21



  • Apr 21 - 27 & Apr 28 - May 4 & May 5 - 11
    • Pet Sematary (1989)

      AKA(s): Pet Cemetery
      Synopsis: Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.
      Cast: Stephen King, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Michael Lombard, Andrew Hubatsek, Kara Dalke, Liz Davies
      Directors: Mary Lambert
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Feb 17 - 23 & Feb 24 - March 2

  • Feb 10 - 16


  • Nov 11 - 17
    • Child's Play (1988)

      AKA(s): Blood Brother, Blood Buddy
      Synopsis: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
      Cast: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Ed Gale, John Franklin, Alex Vincent, Roslyn Alexander, Neil Giuntoli, Leila Lee Olsen, Edan Gross, Alan Wilder
      Directors: Tom Holland
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Nov 4 - 10

  • Oct 21 - 27 & Oct 28 - Nov 3

    • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

      Synopsis: Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?
      Cast: David Jensen, Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, George P. Wilbur, Carmen Filpi, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Gene Ross, Erik Preston, Melody Gold
      Directors: Dwight H. Little
      Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Aug 19 - 25 & Aug 26 - Sept 1 & Sept 2 - 8

  • May 13 - 19

    • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 7, Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VII, Friday the 13th, Part VII Jason's Destroyer
      Synopsis: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager.
      Cast: Kane Hodder, Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Tony Goldwyn, William Butler, Walt Gorney, Thom Mathews, Ted White, Jeff Bennett, Lauren-Marie Taylor
      Directors: John Carl Buechler
      Genres: Horror, Thriller




  • March 22 - 28
    • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 5, Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
      Synopsis: Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
      Cast: Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Marco St. John, Mark Venturini, Eddie Matthews, Dominick Brascia, Richard Lineback, John Shepherd, Ric Mancini
      Directors: Danny Steinmann
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery


  • April 13 - 19
    • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

      AKA(s): Friday the 13th Part 4, Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part IV, Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, Friday the Thirteenth: The Final Chapter
      Synopsis: After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.
      Cast: Tom Savini, Corey Feldman, Adrienne King, Kimberly Beck, Tom Everett, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Amy Steel, Walt Gorney
      Directors: Joseph Zito
      Genres: Horror, Thriller


  • July 22 - 28
    • Jaws 3-D (1983)

      AKA(s): Jaws 3, Jaws 3 People 0, Jaws III
      Synopsis: The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a SeaWorld theme park after a 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.
      Cast: Dennis Quaid, Will Knickerbocker, Barbara Quinn, P.H. Moriarty, Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Gold, Kaye Stevens, Daniel Stewart, Rich Valliere, Roxie Stice
      Directors: Joe Alves
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Adventure


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